Short stories about all those who followed their gold-dreams: prospectors, gold seekers, gold hunters, 49ers, stampeders, miners, claim owners, claim jumpers, and any kind of adventurers who roamed the gold rush trails.

Gold rush miner using rocker box or cradle
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Gold mining Rocker box (cradle)

One of the most popular pieces of equipment used during gold rush times in XIX century was a rocker box, sometimes called a cradle.  Collier’s New Encyclopedia from 1921 defines this device as a mechanical contrivance used in placer mining, consisting of a box on rockers and moved by hand, used for washing out the gold-bearing soil. Rocker […]